It’s been a while since I listened to EDENBRIDGE. I even think it was their “MyEarthDream” album, which is almost ten years old now.
What I noticed right away – EDENBRIDGE hasn’t changed!
The first tunes of the opener ‘Shiantara’ prove that the band didn’t change much over the years in general. Sabine Edelsbacher still sings technically perfect, with a bit too little emotion. The orchestra adds to the music without being too dominant and the riffs are heavy and catchy. So the fans of the band will be absolutely happy with “The Great Momentum”.
In the following songs, EDENBRIDGE incorporate more and more influences to their music. The second track ‘The Die Is Not Cast’ sounds a lot like black metal à la WATAIN or ENSLAVED. ‘The Visitor’ is very rocky with strong and slow riffs with no or not much orchestra.
No change, but development.
Compared to EDENBRIDGE‘s older albums, I notice that the music is more open for influences that accentuate the music. There are influences from spacy film music, down to earth rock and extremely symphonic metal. ‘A Turnaround In Art’ is a heavy song that could also stand its ground on the stage of an opera house – black metal riffs alternate with orchestra, always in mid-tempo and full of tragedy and drama. Really great song!
No one is really surprised that the last song ‘The Greatest Gift Of All’ is more than twelve minutes long. It’s a summary of “The Great Momentum” and also a song on its own. Good choice for the last track! I am always happy to hear the warmth in Sabine Edelsbacher‘s voice. The first single ‘The Moment Is Now’ is another song that will make fans of the band very happy. Not too much orchestra, catchy melodies and an opulent refrain plus a message. That’s how it’s done!
EDENBRIGDE – “The Great Momentum” Tracklist
- The Die Is Not Cast
- The Moment Is Now
- Until The End Of Time
- The Visitor
- Return To Grace
- Only A Whiff Of Life
- A Turnaround In Art
- The Greatest Gift Of All
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